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"A meditation on the elusiveness of the past and humanity's yearning for emotional closure. Childhood is Andre Alexis's picaresque debut novel. It features Thomas Macmillan, a Canadian with ties to Trinidad, who pieces together--from memory and from related stories--the early years of his life. Raised in Petrolia, a small town in southern Ontario near the U.S. border, Thomas is abandoned by his mother to the care of an eccentric grandmother. When he reaches the age of nine, his mother Katarina and a Mr. Mataf take him on a pilgrimage to Ottawa, where they live in the Victorian home of Mr. Henry Wing, a magus-like figure, whose love of science and the imagination becomes an important legacy for Thomas."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : M&S, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780771006654
Branch Call Number: ALEXI
Characteristics: 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Childhood : novel


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Uniquely imagined and vividly evoked, André Alexis’s prize-winning novel chronicles the childhood — or perhaps the loss of childhood — of Thomas MacMillan, who sets out to piece together the early years of his life. Raised in a Southern Ontario town in the ’50s and ’60s, Thomas is abandoned to th... Read More »

Having recently lost his parents, middle-aged Thomas MacMillan reflects on his childhood experiences, both with his grandmother during his boyhood, and later with his mother in the Ottawa home of Henry Wing, the man who broadened Thomas's world in many ways.

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Jan 27, 2011

Very nice writing, but had to put it down half-way through due to nothing happening plot-wise!

Oct 14, 2008

a somewhat sad tale of a young man's journey into adulthood. raised by his stern grandma until her death he is only confused more when his mom arrives to claim him.

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